Green Pebble Interview:What compelled you to choose art?I just loved my first box of paints from the start. Cheapo watercolours, yes, but the more I painted, the more I liked the idea of being an artist. A certain degree of innocence and ignorance helps make a child think they can do art.Was it always plain sailing?The more I learned, the harder it got and at art school paintings were over-worked. The appeal of printmaking was that there is always an end to the sequence and layers of ink. No more going back to change things.I love the physical nature of cutting shapes and lines in lino. The craft involved is a challenge and graduating coloured inks is a fascination I would not be without. My favourite birds are oystercatchers and pheasants. I like distant views in the landscape and moving wildlife such as birds in flight and hares chasing. When it’s not wildlife, I love old wooden boats on the shingle at Aldeburgh, Suffolk.I have worked on old printing presses all my career, but nothing compares with my Harry Rochat albion press based on a press made in 1854. Cast in 2013, it is perfectly over-engineered and I love it!Is there something you wish you could do better?Every linocut is an attempt to challenge myself, but If I’m honest I would love to play the violin better than I do. Iexpect other people who hear my playing think that too.How easy is it to source ideas?The more I work, the more I see. The more I see, the more I work. Printmaking is my way of observing nature.Do you remember your first sale?Tradition has it that your auntie buys the first picture.What is your typical day like?Now I have finished my day job, my day is not remotely typical. Sometimes I am in my studio by 7.30 and sometimes not. When I’m thinking about my next linocut I may do very little, except find a feeble excuse to find a tearoom or meet up with a friend.Do you take commissions?I have done them, and they work if the brief is not too narrow. An artist needs a bit of wriggle room in the design.I admire portrait artists who can keep to their commission. Landscape is more flexible a subject. The last one I did was very successful, though the risk is that the client might not like the final interpretation. Quite a pressure.